Australian actress and author Vanessa de Largie is a survivor of domestic violence. Don't Hit Me! is the true diarised account of her time living with an abusive man. The story is conveyed through poems, journal entries and fragments of lyrical prose. The book is a snapshot of domestic violence in real time. Raw, poignant and brave - it's a tale that will stay with you.
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"Vanessa's writing is very powerful and quite haunting. Her creative almost poetic approach to the text, with it's short journal-like sections, is unusual for a book on this subject, but it works very effectively to emphasis the fragmented surreal nature of the narrator's experience."
- Former Commissioning Editor at Penguin Books (Australia), Simon & Schuster (Australia) and Lothian Books.
"This book is powerfully written. It's a hard book to read because it is so emotionally disturbing, but important and courageous."
~ Gretchen Wagner - Senior Reviewer - San Francisco Book Review
"No other book on the subject captures the bare-bones process of survival as does Don't Hit Me!: hopefully readers in similar circumstances will not only recognize the pain, fear and anger, but will come to understand the process that ultimately led Vanessa de Largie to become a survivor instead of a statistic."
-Diane Donovan - Midwest Book Review
"The style is direct and has a real immediacy to it. There's an understated beauty to it as well that is hard to describe. It reminds me a little of both Dorothy Porter and Anna Akhmatova."
~Jennifer Muirhead - Chief Editor - A Comfy Chair
"I'd like to say that everyone should read this book because if enough people vicariously experience humanity's brokenness, we might be able to help fix it."
- Official Online Bookclub
#1 Amazon Bestseller
# Winner of the 2016 Readers Favorite Award Silver
# Winner of the 2014 Global eBook Award Bronze
# Winner of the 2014 Honorable Mention Award London Book Festival
# 5/5 Stars Readers Favorite Winner
# Five-star Review Midwest Book Review
# Five-star Review San Francisco Book Review
# Five-star Review from the #1 Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer - UK